I’ve been meaning to put an art caddy together for Xavier for some time now. He has a bunch of art supplies that were slightly more organized in our old house and are now less organized (read: mostly shoved into a plastic bin) in an under-the-stairs closet in the basement close to his art table. Organizing that space is a bigger project for another day, but after making dozens of trips downstairs to get markers, paper, crayons, scissors, and other supplies when Xavier has wanted to color or create something upstairs (and then finding them upstairs when he is working the basement) has made putting together a portable art station a high priority.
I initially had big plans to find the Perfect Solution, something attractive and functional. But after weeks of looking for something wonderful (that, let’s admit it, was just going to get marker and crayon markings all over it), I decided it was time for good enough. So on a recent trip to to the store I snatched up a plastic tiered tray with four removable bowls (which are actually pretty handy for moving supplies closer to the project at hand) on sale for about $10 and stocked it with paper, colored pencils, crayon rocks, a bottle of glue and a glue stick, scissors, paper and foam scraps, glitter paint, and little puff balls (one of Xavier’s favorite supplies). The handle on top makes it easy to move it around. Right now it lives on our kitchen table when we’re not eating and nearby when we are. Here’s hoping it makes for a more sane dinnertime/snack time/chasing Quinn time/Mommy-needs-a-glass-of-wine-cup-of-coffee-email-break time.